#1
Hey all,

i'm thinking of getting a new acoustic sometime in the next couple of months and i wondered if anyone had tips on some good ones. i need to try some out but just some advice would be a good start. i was looking at a tak or a taylor.

if you have advice on another brand or specific guitar you liked let me know!

as of right now, im pretty flexible with price, maybe something over 1000 but definately under 3000, i know thats a huge range so sorry in advance
#3
$1000-$3000, its just a range so i can start looking at some and comparing, then trying some:
#4
martin all the way. though taylors are great too, usually....

but at that price, you can get a nice martin. wonderful guitars.
#5
I'm also a martin man. I absolutely love my D-16RGT. Rosewood back/side and gloss top with some nice visual appointments such as a herringbone rosette that you don't usually find on guitars of the $1000ish range.

Larrivee also make great guitars around $1000. I'm a big fan of their 03 series. Especially their all sapele special edition 03. Sapele is the equivalent to mahogany. Often called African mahogany, the only really big difference is the grain pattern, which has lots of lines as opposed to the more grainy looking mahogany. The Sapele 03 has a GREAT low end that reminds me a bit of the bass that I get from a Martin. I'm not a particular fan of their more expensive guitars though.

Taylor's are also good guitars. I definitely wouldn't get anything under a 300 series, but the sound of a Taylor is tight and refined. absolutely wonderful for plugging in i must say. Good guitars. Not my thing though.
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

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#6
You can get virtually anything if you're willing to spend up to $3000. The nicest guitars up to $3000 imo are Martin, Taylor, Breedlove, Guild, and Gibson.

What kind of guitar are you looking for? Can you provide some more information? Do you have any idea what kinds of tonewoods you prefer? Body types? Bracing? What style music do you play?
#7
Anything Martin, starting with the D-16RGT at 1k. Figure roughly 60% of list in deciding.

Now you must decide Rosewood vs. Mahogany

In that wide range, I would suggest a D-28 or HD-28 as a guitar you will most likely keep forever.
#8
if you go for a takamine, make sure it is a good one because takamine i known to make a few stinkers and slap on some huge price tags lol....i'd go for a martin myself, but if u really could save its gibson ftw
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#9
Takamines are great guitars, you just have to be careful because they don't make many, if any, all-solid guitars. From what I've seen the most solid wood you can get is top and back, so if you really want a Tak, just be careful.

Also, everything else that has already been suggested is great.
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#10
Quote by ozshadow
Anything Martin, starting with the D-16RGT at 1k. Figure roughly 60% of list in deciding.

Now you must decide Rosewood vs. Mahogany

In that wide range, I would suggest a D-28 or HD-28 as a guitar you will most likely keep forever.


The D-16GT which is mahogany side/back is $1000.

The D-16RGT which is rosewood side/back is $1200.

Of course, both are only gloss top, hence the GT.
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

Have an acoustic guitar? Don't let your guitar dry out! Click here.
#11
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Takamines are great guitars, you just have to be careful because they don't make many, if any, all-solid guitars. From what I've seen the most solid wood you can get is top and back, so if you really want a Tak, just be careful.

Takamine absolutely makes plenty of all solid wood guitars. Takamine makes guitars that retail for upwards of $10,000. There are a lot of Takamines beyond the G Series

Here's a few examples:

http://takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=2325&sid=64
http://takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=2053&sid=621
http://takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=2050&sid=621
http://takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=2052&sid=621
http://takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=2277&sid=621
http://takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=118&sid=64
http://takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=1341&sid=64
http://takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=1344&sid=64
http://takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=1343&sid=64
http://takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=1345&sid=64
http://takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=1276&sid=64
http://takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=1327&sid=65
http://takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=1969&sid=65
#12
wow thanks, i'll have to look into these beauts

yeah im just looking for something that i can do small performances with, preferably something i can plug in , maybe a grand auditorium type body, something that i can loop with, but all this is an awesome start thanks all;
#13
if you wanna plug in, id go with a taylor

martins are very nice as well
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#14
For what it's worth... I played a Taylor DN-K with the Expression System at a local store last week and it sounded beautiful. I played it acoustic and plugged in and it really shone both ways. It was extremely well balanced. If I can manage to come up with an extra 3 grand, I'm seriously considering buying it.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Taylor-Koa-Series-DNK-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=514550

I must say that if I was looking to spend up to $3000 on a guitar and it was going to be my first nice acoustic... I would probably go with a Martin HD-28 or HD-35.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Martin-HD28-Standard-Dreadnought-Acoustic?sku=514754
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Martin-HD35-Acoustic-Guitar-?sku=514758
#15
Quote by jimtaka
Takamine absolutely makes plenty of all solid wood guitars. Takamine makes guitars that retail for upwards of $10,000. There are a lot of Takamines beyond the G Series

Well I know there are guitars beyond the G Series, but really? I didn't know they made that many really nice guitars. Thanks! That's actually really helpful to me because when I finally get an all-solid guitar I really want a takamine because I have one now and love it, I just didn't know they made many all-solid guitars. Thanks a lot! (maybe I'll be rich enough someday to be able to afford the 10K+ guitars )
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#16
Wow that's one hell of a price range! My personal brands I would look at would be: 1. Breedlove 2. Larrivee and 3. Taylor. I have played many Martins but none have really done anything for me. I just picked up a Breedlove AC25/SR PLUS for $860(Retail $1495, solid top and back)and I absolutely love it. Compared to a $3000 Taylor I played it definitely is closely matched.

With that amount of money to spend, you really shouldn't jump to any decisions without very thoroughly playing as many guitars in that range as you can, from $1000 all the way up to $3000. Don't neglect the cheaper ones just because you have the ability to get a more expensive one, because chances are the cheaper one will suit you much better. Please take a while with your decision, I know I had been playing and testing guitars since about January this year before making my decision to go with Breedlove.

Keep us updated with guitars you have and haven't liked! I'd love to hear what you find out and how your search is going. Best of luck.
#17
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Keep us updated with guitars you have and haven't liked! I'd love to hear what you find out and how your search is going. Best of luck.


Thanks! i definately will keep everyone posted with the search!
#18
If you get a new Martin, get it from My Favorite Guitars or Maury's Music. They beat Musicians Friend/GC prices by a huge chunk.